January 5th, 2012
On Thursday, December 29, 2011 many residents of Pushmataha, Choctaw and McCurtain Counties were saddened to hear of the death of District Judge Willard Driesel. Driesel, 58, passed away after a lengthy battle with several health issues, including cancer, in Tyler, TX on December 11, 2011. Judge Driesel will be remembered by many as a fair and professional administrator to the courts and to many as a true and loyal friend.
At his request, he was cremated. A memorial service took place on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Broken Bow.
Pushmataha Hospital is starting off the new year by saving lives through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood from Noon to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, January 17, at Antlers Library on 104 S.E. 2nd Street.Â Blood donors at the Pushmataha Hospital blood drive will receive an OBI ice scraper and free health screenings.
Over the holiday weekend only one individual was taken to jail in Pushmataha County by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for driving while impaired or driving under the influence, and it wasnâ€™t a resident of the county.
On December 30, 2011 at approximately 6:35 p.m., Trooper Tommy Allen was traveling north on HWY 271 south of Finley and a black Honda car was traveling the same direction in front of the Trooper. The vehicle was driving very slowly and was swerving from one lane line to the other.
December 29th, 2011
Unemployment in Pushmataha County improved in October from September figures, though more slowly than in previous months, while all but six of the stateâ€™s 77 counties saw increases in the unemployment rate.
With the New Year just around the corner and resolutions being made, I wanted to urge you to make one that is worthwhile this year. Instead of the typical resolutions (like to loose weight or to stop smoking or drinking, not that those are not important but they usually donâ€™t last past January), I would like you to think about making the resolution to help stop bullying.
Have you always wanted to make a difference in your community, but didn't know where to start?Â All around Oklahoma, women are finding thatÂ a crown can serve as a "megaphone" to promote a cause or issue.Â The Mrs. International Pageant System recognizes married women for their accomplishments, commitment to marriage and their desire to make a difference in their communities.Â We showcase these women and applaud their efforts, not only to challenge themselves, but to make the world a better place.
Recently AT&T Oklahoma gave an amazing gift to members of the Oklahoma National Guardâ€™s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) who are deployed overseas to Afghanistan and Kuwait.Â AT&T has donating 3,600 calling cards so members of the Guard who are serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait can call home to visit with family and friends.Â Governor Fallin joined AT&T representatives and members of the military at a ceremony to present the cards.
During the last part of the week before the holiday weekend, the Pushmataha County Court was busy dealing with numerous bogus check cases. Â These cases varied in price and location but it seemed that two locations were hit the hardest, Pruettâ€™s Food in Antlers and the Clayton Country Store in Clayton.Â Those two locations alone got hit for over $500.00.
Charlotte Hull, of Idabel, obtained merchandise by means of a bogus check in Antlers at Pruettâ€™s Foods.Â Hullâ€™s Check was for the amount of $244.48.Â Hull failed to appear in court and an arrest warrant was issued for her.
Dennis & Mary Clark, owners of "TA Farms LLC", are top quality Hay producers who made their way to SE Oklahoma from Bedford, Iowa last week after being made aware of the area's desperate need of affordable and high quality hay. After hearing this news, Mr. Clark started up his Semi to bring hay to people and their animals in need, just in time for Christmas! A total of 18 people, and their livestock, benefited and as everyone stated it was the best hay they have seen and the price was even better.
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